DRDO chief Dr. G. Satheesh Reddy to IICT; Focus on core research

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Hyderabad: Participating in the 79th Foundation celebrations of the city-based Indian Institute of Chemical Technology(IICT), the DEDO Chief Dr G Satheesh Reddy, advised the country’s most prestigious lab to focus on core research, which can aid in scaling up academic research while industry can aid in translational of such research.

He also urged the industry to work in niche areas, and support exports in a big way.

He said how students a decade ago from premier institutes used to show their interest in information and communication technology courses and gone to other countries to pursue their further education or for jobs. But, today he said the scenario has changed with more than 70% students opting to stay back in the country and starting many start-ups, including drones manufacturing units.

He said young people are working on propulsions, composite materials, engines and more other areas. Dr Reddy revealed that DRDO will continue to collaborate with IICT in various areas of research.

In his welcome address, the IICT Director Dr D Srinivasa Reddy, observed that the institute was headed by directors of repute. He said CSIR-IICT in almost eight decades of its existence has remained focused to aid the development of industry in the region and country. The research at the institute aided many pharma companies to deliver healthcare products at an affordable price, and also resulted in Hyderabad becoming the pharma capital.

Later, the staff and students were conferred with awards to commemorate the occasion.

While, the Publication Award was given to Dr. Pavuluri Srinivasu, Principal Scientist, Energy & Environmental Engineering, then C. Chandrasekhar, Sr. Technical Officer, Organic Synthesis & Process Chemistry too honored. Young Scientist Award has gone to Dr. Punna Nagender, Scientist, Fluoro-Agrochemicals, and Dr. Andugulapati Sai Balagi, Scientist, in Applied Biology.

The others who received awards include; Dr. R N Sarma, Ms. Triya Mukherjee, Gopalkishanrao Vepachedu, Jadhav Sandip Bhagwan, Dr. A. K. Singh, Dr. Debiparna., Dr. A. K. Singh and Dr Rambabu Chegondi. Awards in the category of Technical Services, R&D, Management and Director’s Appreciation Awards were given to staff for their contributions in their respective fields.

Dr. Srivari Chandrasekhar, Secretary DST urged scientists to focus on sustainable development goals (SDG) in all their research projects as advised by GOI. He said CSIR-IICT scientists should start practising zero discharge concepts in the institute and pave way for other research institutes to follow the practice. This practice at the lab level will automatically will find place in industry, once the technology transfer takes place.